At Jeddah gathering, experts emphasize importance of fighting ‘intellectual terrorism and extremism’

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Time: October 06, 2018   

About 200 media professionals, teachers, and bankers attended the course, which is part of the global project Qaweem. (Shutterstock)

JEDDAH: A training course in Jeddah this week warned about the danger of children’s channels targeting society and emphasized the importance of promoting intellectual security and protecting society from insidious ideologies.

About 200 media professionals, teachers, and bankers attended the course, which is part of the global project Qaweem, launched by the Union of News Agencies (UNA) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in partnership with the Distance Learning and Training Co. (DLT).

Rabab Al-Moabi, one of the project’s educational experts, warned about the dangers posed by children’s channels. “International studies concluded that the media greatly influence the formation of an individual’s culture and behavior, especially negative behaviors in the lives of children and the youth.”

Zuhair bin Ali Azhar, DLT chairman and CEO and deputy chairman of the UNA board of trustees, pointed out that since UNA was established by the late King Faisal after the attempt to burn down Al-Aqsa Mosque, its mission has been to fight terrorism, extremist ideologies, and Islamophobia.

He said: “As part of our social responsibility toward our country and our role as a strategic partner of several international organizations, we have launched courses for fighting intellectual terrorism and extremism at UNA’s training center to protect society.”

He concluded: “King Salman has declared war against terrorism and extremism, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stressed that Saudi Arabia would never allow the terrorizing of innocent people around the world and vowed to fight terrorism until it is eliminated from the face of the earth.”

This article was first published in Arab News

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